The Shepherd's Guild
The Shepherd's Guild is a service organization for Orthodox laypersons with the purpose to provide outreach through service (Diakonia) as "commanded by the Gospel (Matthew 25:31-46: James 1:27) and promulgated by St. Basil the Great of Caesarea and St. John the Almsgiver of Alexandria."
The Guild was chartered on September 30, 1999, as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the State of South Carolina with the purpose: to raise funds to build an Eastern Orthodox Church (Chapel) in the Anderson area, to foster fellowship among its members, to promote pan-Orthodox activities, and to engage in humanitarian efforts. On August 17, 2001, the Office of the Secretary of State of South Carolina re-classified the Shepherd's Guild as a religious organization. The Shepherd's Guild is registered as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charity with the Internal Revenue Service.
A Building Fund for the Paracletos Monastery, Antreville, SC, was established by the Guild to assist in the building of the chapel of Panagia Soumela at the monastery. The main fundraising activity for the building fund is the Anderson Greek Festival. In March 2011, the Monastery ended its connection with the Anderson Greek Festival. The Guild continues to organize the Festival annually.
-  Guild's website